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Alzheimer-s Research and Therapy

, 5:43

First Online: 06 September 2013Received: 05 February 2013Revised: 17 June 2013Accepted: 06 September 2013

Abstract

IntroductionResearch is underway to develop an early medical test for Alzheimer-s disease AD.

MethodsTo evaluate potential demand for such a test, we conducted a cross-sectional telephone survey of 2,678 randomly selected adults across the United States and four European countries.

ResultsMost surveyed adults 67% reported that they are -somewhat- or -very likely- to get an early medical test if one becomes available in the future. Interest was higher among those worried about developing AD, those with an immediate blood relative with AD, and those who have served as caregivers for AD patients. Older respondents and those living in Spain and Poland also exhibited greater interest in testing. Knowing AD is a fatal condition did not influence demand for testing, except among those with an immediate blood relative with the disease.

ConclusionsPotential demand for early medical testing for AD could be high. A predictive test could not only advance medical research, it could transform political and legal landscapes by creating a large constituency of asymptomatic, diagnosed adults.

KeywordsAlzheimer-s disease medical testing predictive testing medical decision-making public attitudes preclinical AbbreviationsADAlzheimer-s disease

ApoEapolipoprotein E

HBMHealth Belief Model.

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Autor: Elizabeth M Wikler - Robert J Blendon - John M Benson

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/



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